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1. A computer or computer system's physical equipment, such as screens, keyboards, disk drives, etc. The IT guy says he thinks it's a hardware issue, so he's going to bring me another screen to try.
2. Military weapons. If we want to attempt an ambush, we're going to need a lot more hardware at our disposal.
3. slang A gun. Yeah, and what if the police catch you with illegal hardware like that, huh?
1. n. whiskey; potent liquor. This hardware is enough to knock your socks off.
2. n. hard drugs or hard liquor. No wine for me. Give me the hardware.
3. n. a weapon; a gun. (Underworld and Western.) I think I see your hardware showing.
4. n. computer parts, as opposed to computer programs. The software is okay, so it must be the hardware that’s off.